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Lionel Richie Says Bruno Mars Begged Him for Advice

Image courtesy of Alan Silfen/UMG Nashville (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Alan Silfen/UMG Nashville (via ABC News Radio)

Last year, Lionel Richie made a major comeback with his album Tuskegee .  This year, he's still on roll: this summer, he'll perform for tens of thousands of fans in London's famed Hyde Park.  But the music legend says the thing that convinced he'd become cool again was that Bruno Mars , of all people, asked him for advice.

Speaking to the British paper The Daily Star , Lionel says, "The new generation are discovering that guys like me can do melodies.  Bruno Mars is a killer for melodies and lyrics, and he came to my show. He asked me afterwards: ‘Can you tell me how you do it?,' and I said, 'Don’t worry, you’re doing just fine.'" 

Lionel says that "these new guys," like Bruno, "are hungry for longevity," of the type that he himself has.  But he admits that when he was creating his classic hits in the '70s and '80s, he didn't know they would last as long as they have.

"The words of 'Three Times A Lady' apply in 2013 just as they did in 1978, but at the time disco was happening and I was worried about being a laughing stock," he recalls about writing that smash hit.

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